Bring Your Own Device new frontline for employee engagement
A major survey, which gathered the attitudes and opinions of over 100 business leaders attending Unified Communications Expo, found the main reason employees want to use their own device for work – such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone – is because it is more convenient to use the same device for both personal and business use. This is closely followed by the fact that employees prefer the look and feel of their personal phone/device.
The survey confirms that most employers (62%) are under more pressure to introduce mobile or flexible working practices than they were five years ago. Furthermore, the research shows that businesses are under prepared to handle the implications of BYOD with 56% not having policies, procedures or systems in place to manage employees’ personal devices for work purposes.
Whilst the key advantages for implementing BYOD are seen as improving employee satisfaction, productivity and reducing costs, the greatest concern is security, particularly when it comes to allowing remote access to the corporate network (57%).
“These results are not surprising when you consider the benefits of BYOD,” says Hugh Keeble, managing director of event organisers, Imago Techmedia. “Companies that allow their employees to use their own devices for work can see improved productivity and employee satisfaction, while reducing IT capital expenditures. Those visiting Unified Communications Expo are seeing first-hand the advantages of BYOD and how to successfully and securely implement it in the workplace.”
“Anyone considering the implementation of BYOD needs to be aware of how it can expose their IT systems to leaks and viruses, particularly malware, if not carried out properly,” says Balan. “By keeping one step ahead of those trying to infiltrate their computer networks, companies can be assured that their exposure is minimised and therefore reap the benefits of employees using their own devices for work.”